A local artist has created an abstract Covid series of sketches, which he has donated to a local charity.

Richmond artist Patrick Townley has been making art his whole life. He studied fine arts in the UK before moving to New Zealand, and he’s taught art at NMIT, along with working in antique shops and even in apple factories.

The Covid series of abstract sketches that he has produced came about by simply watching.

“I was just looking at people walking by during lockdown, from my window.” While some of the sketches may look messy, that’s not by accident.

“As people walked by I would sketch them, but I would focus on them completely, rather than looking at the paper or what I was doing.”

“You can really catch the stance and essence of people that way.” He admits that the style is ‘quirky.’

“I wanted to try something new, and record life during lockdown. It’s been fascinating to just watch people.”

“As time went on, the curve in the road turned into the Covid curve, with this idea of people walking by on their own ‘crushing the curve.’” The art has been put up on display at the Richmond Hospice Shop, as well as at the Wooden Spoon café in Richmond, which opened again yesterday.

“I approached the hospice shop with the idea for the donation, I just wanted to do something to help.”

Anete Smith, manager for the Hospice Shop in Richmond, said it was ‘fantastic’ to receive the donation.

“I feel really privileged that Patrick chose us to make this donation to, they’re beautiful,” Anete says.“It’s like a memento of what we all went through.”

The art is now available for purchase, with all profits going to the hospice which has an on-going need for financial support to continue its work.

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